Trash for Teaching

March 3, 2010

So I don’t know if you’re a fan of the band OK Go (remember the treadmill guys?), but I want you to bear with me.

This video was e-mailed to me by a friend, as she knows I am a fan and also a teacher.  It is only three minutes long, but definitely worth the time.  As you watch, pay special attention to the implements used throughout.

The project was made possible by a group called “Trash for Teaching”.  They basically take old old, discarded material and make it available for schools.  They have an associated curriculum that focuses on fostering kids’ creativity while teaching them about being responsible for the environment.  They discuss where the materials came from and the impact of leftovers.  See their website for more info and another introductory video that is definitely worth your three minutes of time.

It made me think of Meaning from AWNM.  Dan Pink states that people need to be able to create a sense of purpose larger than oneself.  After watching the Trash for Teaching video, the larger meaning of our actions as a society started to come into focus for me.

This is an incredible, unique program that I am excited to share with you.  I think you’ll find it motivating and insightful.

Trash for Teaching.

And if you would like to hear from the band about their collaboration with “Trash for Teachers”, check out this “making of” video:


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3 Responses to Trash for Teaching

  1. March 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you so much for the kind words! We were thrilled to help OK Go with the video. They really put together an amazing piece of art.

    We help children of all ages learn through creativity and play. It is a wonderful thing to see children creating such beautiful art from things that society says are worthy only of a trip to the landfill.

    Thanks again for your support and for spreading the word!

    • April 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      Thank YOU for the incredible things that you do! I know I’ve reconsidered my own footprint and how to be a little kinder to the earth.

  2. Lesson Upgrades
    March 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm

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